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Personal locator beacons on helicopters

Further to recent helicopter accidents in the UK Offshore Sector, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has stopped the use of passengers’ personal locator beacons (PLBs) when on helicopter flights for the UK offshore oil and gas industry.

An explanatory note from the CAA is attached, together with an announcement from Oil & Gas UK. Further enquiries should be as directed to [email protected] or to Philip Wiggs

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